Eli Sanders at Seattle’s Stranger alt-weekly won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the aftermath of a brutal home invasion and attack. Sanders’ prize is the fifth awarded to an alt-weekly, and the first since 2007. I’m actually surprised that any alt-weeklies have ever won, not because of the quality of the journalism, but because the prize board is made up of incumbent media dinosaurs.
As far as I can tell, the only print media outlets that are doing well in the current “death of print” era are alt-weeklies. One reason is probably that they were already used to operating on a shoestring with a business model based on free distribution, and another is that they weren’t too proud to embrace digital early and sincerely. For example, the Stranger’s blog, Slog, is really good and has been for a long time.